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Nice Winter Hike

This is loop trail is shared with horses from March to October. It goes along the edge of Virgin River, in between Canyon Drive and the Court of the Patriarchs. We encountered no... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Larry P
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Fargo, North Dakota

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is loop trail is shared with horses from March to October. It goes along the edge of Virgin River, in between Canyon Drive and the Court of the Patriarchs. We encountered no other hikers and enjoyed getting right next to the Patriarchs.

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

I ran this trail from the lodge and absolutely loved it. It had some unexpected elevation which added some kick. The views at sunset are stunning and I came across a herd of elk as well as some wild turkeys. Trails are a mix between house trails (watch your ankles), poured concrete on the climbs, and sand. I ran it... More 

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Reston, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is actually a horse trail used by a company that takes guests on 3 hour trail rides. We encountered 2 groups during our hike. The trail leaders were really nice. We hiked the entire loop & got praised for our tenacity. The trail is all sand, pretty deep in many places, plus it was a hot day. You get... More 

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Thank Maura5
California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is a little off the beaten track trail. Used by horses so watch your step. It is not paved and winds through the brush and such. Numerous deer were seen very close up. Leave them alone. Just look, take a picture, and move along. Very easy hiking.

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Thank TravelDonCA
Stratford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Although this hike was quite long and had a lot of elevation change, it was quite doable for us amateur hikers. I am very afraid of heights and was surprised to find myself up that high without panic. The view was unbelievable and worth every step.

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Toquerville UT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We've hiked this a couple of times in Winter and it's a good trail for that time of year. Spectacular views and most likely some solitude. During the season this is used by the Horses/Mules and would not be enjoyable IMHO.

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The westward spur of the Sand Bench Trail was one of the first I did during my multi-day visit to Zion NP, as part of my month-long tour of the Utah/Arizona natural attractions last year. I have posted separate reviews for several individual trails plus an 'introductory' review for the NP as a whole under the TA webpage entitled 'Zion's... More 

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Cedar City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

My husband and I hike this trail when the park is very busy with visitors because not many people know about the Sand Bench Trail, so it is peaceful. There is some climbing and walking in sand. Since you are often in the open, I would suggest hiking this trail during cool weather only.

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Mount Carmel, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

The Sand Bench Trail is used by horses for commercial horseback rides during the busy months of the year, but in the winter hikers can take to the path without running into horses.

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